Boddiford elected Georgia Peanut Commission chairman
By The Georgia Peanut Commission
Joe Boddiford, a peanut farmer from Sylvania, Georgia, was elected chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) during the commission’s February meeting. Boddiford succeeds Armond Morris, a peanut farmer from Tift County, who retired after serving as chairman for the past 16 years.
“I look forward to working with Georgia peanut farmers and our industry partners to help enhance the peanut industry and the profitability of farmers,” Boddiford said. “Farmers can contact me at any time if they have suggestions for the work of the Georgia Peanut Commission on their behalf.”
Boddiford is the Screven County Farm Bureau president.
Other officers elected during the board meeting include Donald Chase, Oglethorpe, Georgia, as vice chairman, and Rodney Dawson, Hawkinsville, Georgia, as treasurer. Additional board members include Tim Burch, Newton, Georgia, representing District 1 and Ross Kendrick, Sycamore, Georgia, representing District 2.
The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation conducted board nomination meetings for the commission’s Districts 2, 4 and 5 on Dec. 20 and 21, 2021. During the nomination meetings, two incumbent board members, Dawson and Chase, were renominated for Districts 4 and 5 seats, respectively.
Kendrick was nominated without opposition for the District 2 seat previously held by Armond Morris, who retired after serving on the Georgia Peanut Commission board of directors for more than 40 years and a total of 20 years as chairman. Kendrick is president of the Turner County Farm Bureau.
Since only one person was nominated for each district, no election was required, and the nominated person automatically became a member of the Georgia Peanut Commission Board of Directors. Dawson, Chase and Kendrick were sworn in by Tift County Probate Court Judge Suzanne Carter Johnson during the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Jan. 20. The board members will serve a three-year term.
The Georgia peanut production area is divided into five districts based on acreage distribution and geographical location with one board member representing each district.
New advisory board members were also appointed by the Georgia Peanut Commission board of directors. The new advisory board members include Leslie Jones of Jacksonville, Georgia; Brett Sauls of Shellman, Georgia and Wesley Webb of Leary, Georgia. Advisory board members David Reed of Pinehurst, Georgia; Neil Lee of Bronwood, Georgia; and Carl Mathis Dixon of Alapaha, Georgia, retired from their role in January 2022.
The Georgia Peanut Commission represents more than 4,000 peanut farm families in the state and conducts programs in the areas of research, promotion and education. For more information on the programs of the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit www.gapeanuts.com.